Dynasty Football Advice
At many points during the season, there will be things that happen to NFL rosters that fantasy GMs need to react to if they are going to stay ahead of everyone else. Players get injured. Players unexpectedly get traded or retire shifting the outlook of a franchise. Fantasy GMs, especially Dynasty GMs, need to be able to read the signs and react to what will happen down the line so that when things do shake out, they are already in the right place to capitalize. Here is a look into the future at some more talent that could pay dividends down the road.
Crockett is someone I was keeping an eye on in his last year of college at Missouri because if his ideal size and speed. He ran a 4.40 forty time at 5’11” 225 lbs on his Pro Day before the draft. Someone who is that quick at that size will have a spot on an NFL roster and might change teams several times until he gets his chance. That’s what I am waiting for with Crockett, to see if he catches on somewhere and gets a good opportunity. I thought he had a good situation when he went to Houston behind the often injured Lamar Miller and D’onta Foreman, but the Texans turned their roster over trading for Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde. Those additions show that the Texans think their window for winning is now and made Crockett expendable. Later in the preseason, he hooked up with Oakland and is now stuck behind highly touted rookie Josh Jacobs. The thing that makes me take notice is the Raiders tucked him onto their practice squad at the beginning of the season which means they want to develop him and see what they have. I’m at the very least monitoring the situation and if I have a roster spot or a taxi squad spot available I’m stashing him away.
Johnson was a rising star in training camp until he got bit by the injury bug and fell behind learning the Pittsburgh offense. He has gotten healthy again and is seeing some spot time in the first two games. With Antonio Brown gone and Juju Smith-Schuster taking over the number one role, the rest of the receiving corps is wide open. Donte Moncrief and James Washington are currently there to fill out the top wide receiver spots limiting Johnson to larger receiver packages, but the most important thing for him is to stay healthy and get as much game experience as possible. I have confidence in Johnson for two reasons. The first reason is that by the middle of camp some team staff members had Johnson ahead of Washington. If his injury is the thing that slowed down his ascension up the depth chart then it’s only a matter of time before he climbs back to his level again. The second reason is with Ben Roethlisberger done for the year, the youth movement that will eventually happen can now be expedited. I’m not saying Big Ben is done for good, but the offense will be modified to play to Mason Rudolph’s strengths and even if they run more to help out the young QB, the Steelers still like to pass more than anyone in the league (689 in 2018). Diontae Johnson is picking up some snaps in each game so you have to act quickly if he is still on your waiver wire. My guess is he isn’t but the situation in Pittsburgh set off my GM radar and I have to recommend you all take a look too.
Deep Diving for IDP’s
If you play in dynasty leagues with deeper rosters then more than likely you use IDPs. Individual Defensive Players are streaky and if you are quick on the waiver wire with your claims you can get by streaming certain positions. The better way, however, is to grab them before they hit the level of play where they are a “set it and forget it” type of player. So let’s bring up a couple to watch out for before they show up on everyone’s radar and they get scooped up.
Defensive Line/Defensive End
At the University of Michigan, he started 26 games racking up 45 TFL’s, 18 sacks and 3 forced fumbles, but what stood out to me was his 3-cone drill score. He ran 6.94 seconds which is good for skill position players let alone a defensive end prospect (somewhere around 7.25 is considered average). He wasn’t a player that came out with freakish measurables but he has a frame to build on at 6’3″ 250 lbs. Then he gets drafted by the Patriots, a place where Bill Belichick has made a career out of taking pass rushers who don’t fit a mold and making them a quarterback’s worst nightmare. I’ve watched him during the preseason and I’ve seen him get into the backfield enough times that I have been picking up Chase Winovich shares in drafts lately and I look forward to seeing him in spot duty during the regular season. When the Patriots need someone to step up due to an injury I feel confident that Winovich is up to the task.
Another story of an undrafted free agent coming out and falling into a situation that benefits his talents. Eguavoen’s story is becoming more widely spread and people are becoming more familiar with his play because of it, but the Dolphin’s play as of yet is probably scaring people away. I am here to tell you to not let it frighten you away from getting a talented linebacker on your dynasty roster. With Brian Flores as the new head coach in Miami, he brings experience from coaching under Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia which hopefully translates to the defense getting better. Even if the defense improves a lot, the lack of an offense that can finish drives means that the defense will be on the field more than it should. That means that Eguavoen will have a chance to put up statistics more than other IDP’s around the league. Eguavoen is used to chasing down offensive players all over the field coming into the NFL as a Canadian import from the pass-happy CFL. The Dolphins are watching him gain confidence and produce results as one of their most dependable linebackers so it’s safe to say you can depend on him not lasting long on the free-agent market if he isn’t already on a roster in your league. Claim him now so you aren’t sorry later.